Cricket ball memorial to Trooper Albert 'Tibby' Cotter, 12th LHR, c. 1917

Historical note: 

Following his death, this unique memorial trophy was commissioned by the family of Trooper Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter, 12th Light Horse Regiment, from the cricket ball he had used at Ceylon in 1904 to take six English wickets for 40 runs.

Tibby—internationally renowned as Australia’s best and most intimidating fast bowler—was killed in action at the Battle of Beersheba, 31st October 1917. Tibby was amongst the 67 men of the 4th Light Horse Brigade killed or wounded in an offensive that lasted under 5 minutes.

Materials: 
Leather, cotton, silver, enamel
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Conflict: 
First World War (1914-18)
Location: 
Sydney
Australia
Story: 
Albert 'Tibby' Cotter
Production Date: 
c. 1917
Engraved: 
ALBERT COTTER 12th L Horse Killed in Action 31st October 1917 In his 34th Year

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